Historical

Institutional Malfeasance

Institutional Malfeasance   "If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and its finisher."   These words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln… (for those of you who are currently in public school, the robot guy at Disneyland with the funny beard)… and they ring true today.   Over the last week, we have seen the deconstruction of...

Blunders

In the fourth grade I was introduced to a hero. My teacher had set up a scheduled “field trip” across the elementary school quad to the library. As is the case with most elementary school libraries, the limited shelves were populated with books geared towards younger readers. We were told (perhaps ordered is a...

Men Without Chests

Law school is a wholly loathsome experience. It is frustratingly slow, and in many ways it does not need to be. During the second semester of my second year, I had a sudden realization that there was a “scam” element to this whole enterprise. The actual material needed for comprehension and understanding to be...

Ukrainian Zulus

“Congratulations on your promotion, Colonel!”   The newly minted Lieutenant Colonel looked up from a brief he was reading. With some degree of difficulty, he shifted his weight in the leather wing-backed chair and forced himself to rise. In his left hand he clutched the brief he was reviewing, while a smoldering cigar delicately was held...

The Lazy Samurai

“How did you like the CCW renewal class yesterday?”   “Oh… it was great.  Learned a bunch.  Didn’t like the dry-fire portion though.”   “Really?  Did something happen?”   “No, I mean, I get it.  Some of these people have limited knowledge and they need to get comfortable.  I’ve been shooting for years.  I know what I’m doing.  Besides… that...

Genghis Khan and Crazy Horse

History does not repeat itself… but it does give us interesting insights, especially when we engage in a study of comparative history.  More specifically, it fascinates me studying similarly situated ethnic groups during a similar point in history, but separated by geography.  One would suppose that if humans are a naturally progressing people, two...